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Reaction to radio rape furore

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O
In response presenter Kyle Sandilands asked about 'other' sexual experiences

An Australian radio show has been pulled off air after a lie detector stunt saw a 14-year-old girl say she had been raped.

Public outrage was followed by the Kyle and Jackie O Show going into 'recess'. Here is a look at what is being said across the web about who is to blame.

ABC's Media Watch show plays the excerpt of the show and looks back at other games on previous shows that they call emotionally exploitative, including co-hosts teasing a refugee, who was desperate to meet the American-based niece she had never met. The show's presenter Jonathan Holmes wonders why the show wasn't taken off the air straight away:

Astonishingly, last week, Austereo [the radio station's owners] could see nothing wrong with the behaviour of Kyle and Jackie O. Its apparent change of attitude over the weekend might owe something to the way its major sponsors have reacted. We know that Optus has told the station that it's appalled.

2dayfm released a statement to refute press claims that the show had been suspended:

Reports today that The Kyle and Jackie O Show has been suspended indefinitely are incorrect. A press release was issued last night to all media by 2DayFM's General Manager stating that The Kyle and Jackie O Show is in recess.

David Penberthy in Australian Magazine The Punch looked at how people power led to the radio company taking the show off the air:

The network's decision is an extraordinary demonstration of the power of public opinion, with websites, talkback radio and Twitter being consumed with the issue.

Lauredhel in feminist blog Hoyden about Town argues that asking a minor about her sex life on air is wrong regardless of whether the participant has been raped:

And if they hadn't quizzing her about "older boys", if they had been quizzing her about sex with people her own age - they'd still be sexually exploiting a minor on air, asking her about her sex life for entertainment. Last time I looked? That was a crime.

Australian feminist blog Dawn Chorus says although there has been public outrage about this case, victims of rape are often not believed:

The girl on the Kyle and Jackie O show was a child, was presumably a virgin at the time, and was cajoled by her mother and a pair of media celebrities to talk about it on one of the most popular radio programs in the country. It's almost impossible to shame her. Would we have seen the same response if she was five years older, if she wasn't a virgin, if her rapist wasn't an anonymous figure but someone she already knew?

Hexy on the Feministe blogs looks at who's to blame:

Most of the argument going on last week seemed to be centred around who to blame, and who not to blame. Don't black Kyle, it's the mum's fault. Don't blame the mum, it's the fault of the producers. Back and forth and back and forth. The only positive note was that, for once, no-one was blaming the teenage rape victim.

Much of the discussion has been about presenter Kyle Sandilands' response to the revelation that the girl has been raped. Sandilands explained himself in The Punch :

When faced with a situation like what happened today, when a girl revealed live on air that she had been raped when she was 12, you react like anyone else. I was horrified … To tell you the truth I was floundering around, signalling to the producers and Jackie - down the camera - indicating that we had to get it off air. I didn't realise I had said 'Have you had any other experiences?'

The executive officer of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre Veronica Wensing said to Nine MSN that Kyle Sandilands' reaction was worrying:

It automatically implies that the sexual assault was about her having a sexual experience, when in fact it was a violent event — not a sexual experience.

Chris Deal in The Punch says the listeners are to blame:

But there's one elusive and hard-to-pin party who haven't had the lynch mob wield a flaming torch in their faces yet. They are the hardcore listeners who actively pander to the untouchable antics of Kyle and Jackie O by religiously setting the dial in their direction.

Marcus Casey says in Australia's Daily Telegraph that the owners of the radio station are to blame:

…much of the blame lies with 2DayFM and station owner Austereo, who have allowed the star's ego to rage out of control.



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